** NEW: 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie (MSC) Fellowships - We welcome potential applicants for the 2020 MCS Fellowships. These prestigeous fellowships offer 24 months research funding for the best researchers. Deadline is 9th September 2020. Please email potential SoftLab supervisors if you are interested, or Jonathan Rossiter (Jonathan.Rossiter@bristol.ac.uk) in the first instance.
The SoftLab focuses on the research and development of novel compliant systems and soft robotic technologies. Softness and compliance are exploited by Nature in almost all organisms and these properties are crucial for future robotic, wearable and human-interaction technologies. We aim to enhance our understanding of why compliance is needed, how to control and exploit it, and where to apply and exploit it to maximise societal and scientific impact.
Our research encompasses the full spectrum of soft robotics research and development from smart materials, through soft-smart mechanisms to complete soft machines and devices.
- Electroactive, thermal, photonic, chemical
- Biodegradable, edible
- Sensors, actuators, energy harvesting
- Materials modelling and control …+ more
- Adaptive morphology
- Multi-stability and multi-degree of freedom
- Minimum energy structures
- Mechanism modelling …+ more
- Artificial robotic organisms
- Implantable medical devices
- Wearable assist devices
- Self-adapting morphological machines …+ more
- Virtual reality
- Environmental monitoring and remediation
- Manufacturing and agriculture …+ more